MANILA, PHILIPPINES, November 24 ------ 'They say queens look the best after the pageant, when they're relaxed,' Maureen notes happily. Fresh from their wins in Egypt and Albania, respectively, Miss Intercontinental 2021 Cinderella Faye Obeñita and Miss Globe 2021 Maureen Montagne returned to the Philippines on Tuesday, November 23. At their double victory homecoming event at Novotel Araneta City, organized by Binibining Pilipinas, the queens expressed how excited and relieved they were to be back home after their grueling pageant schedules.
"The moment I was crowned, I just really wanted to go back home!" Cindy admitted. "I wanted to celebrate with the whole Filipino community.... I really wanted to kiss and hug my parents." "They say queens look the best after the pageant, when they're relaxed," Maureen noted happily. Regardless, both ladies know that post-pageant, the work has only just begun. "I'm ready for the hardships that are to come, for the sacrifices I'll have to make," Maureen added. "I'm excited to show the globe what we have to offer. "With this crown comes duties and responsibilities," Cindy stressed, after revealing that the crown on her head at that moment was not a replica, and was in fact P18 million-peso headpiece she received on her coronation night.
Their back-to-back wins attracted comments from non-Filipino pageant fans online, who were frustrated that it was the Philippines on top yet again. To this, Maureen said, "The Binibining Pilipinas pageant is already an international pageant, and we're winners for a reason. We work hard, and it shows." "I would say, 'Why not?'" Cindy added. "They say the Philippines is the pageant powerhouse in Asia. We've worked hard for that. We've all had our sleepless nights, our mental breakdowns, our heartaches...and we've showed the world that we can really conquer."
Binibining Pilipinas 2021's remaining queens are Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2021 Samantha Panlilio, who as of writing is in Thailand for the pageant, which will culminate on Saturday, December 4, and Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold, who will compete in Japan in 2022. "I just want to encourage you all to also support all the other queens. It's really hard to compete internationally, but once you really feel the support from your country, it's easier to clinch the crown," Cinderella said. Cinderella was crowned Miss Intercontinental 2021 on October 29 in Egypt, while Maureen bagged the Miss Globe 2021 title in Albania on November 6.